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61 free events take place on Thursday, February 23 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out February 23 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of February . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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61 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, February 23, 2023

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free events nyc Baroque Chamber Music Performed on Period Instruments (In Person and Online)
free events nyc The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022) with
free events nyc The 4th Chelsea International Photography Competition Exhibition
free events nyc Mother Kofi: The Tale of an African Princess
free events nyc More Forbidden Music: Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis
free events nyc Medea: Euripides' Wronged Woman
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Book Discussion | Against NGOs: A Critical Perspective on Civil Society, Management, and Development (online)


What would development look like if its practitioners and scholars were 'against NGOs,' challenging common sense about them? Nidhi Srinivas's book presents a critical perspective on NGOs, describing how they emerged as key agents of development over time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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10:00 am
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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Film | Bright Road (1953): short story adaptation


An idealistic first-year elementary school teacher tries to reach out to a problem student. Directed by Gerald Mayer. With Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, Philip Hepburn, Barbara Ann Sanders, Robert Horton. 68 Min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Lecture | Family History Today: Polish Jews in the USSR During WWII (online)


When the “Ribbentrop-Molotov pact” divided Poland between the Soviet Union and Germany in 1939, the Polish territories annexed to the Soviet Union had a Jewish population of approximately 2 million. About 400,000 residents of these territories, many of them Jews, were deported to “special settlements,” mostly in Siberia. Additionally, about 250,000 to 300,000 Jewish refugees from German-occupied western Poland fled to the Soviet Union after the war broke out. In this lecture, Serafima Velkovich, Head of the Family Roots Research Section at the Yad Vashem Archives, will provide an overview of the route and the fate of Jewish refugees from Poland who spent the war years in the USSR, and their post-war search for a new home. She will also explain how you can research the experiences and fates of family members who were among these refugees.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Guided Tour of the 1908 Lightship Ambrose


Visitors can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark to see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose, as well as the special features that allow the ship to fulfill its mission of staying on station, being seen, and being heard. Ambrose was the first vessel to join the museum’s fleet and the very first lightship to guard the largest shipping channel in and out of the ports of New York and New Jersey—the Ambrose Channel.  Start times: 11:30am, 12:30pm 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Book Discussion | The Shamama Case: Contesting Citizenship Across the Modern Mediterranean (online)


A nineteenth-century lawsuit over the estate of a wealthy Tunisian Jew illuminates the history of belonging, citizenship, and Jewishness. Author Jessica M. Marglin is Associate Professor of Religion, History, and Law and the Ruth Ziegler Early Career Chair in Jewish Studies at the University of Southern California.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | One Year Later: Russia’s War in Ukraine and Germany’s Policy Pivot (in-person and online)


Metin Hakverdi, a Social Democrat member of the German Bundestag, will discuss Germany’s posture in the Ukraine war, the so-called “Zeitenwende” (or big change). In conversation with Professor John Torpey.
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: A Year of War and Genocide (online)


Genocide scholar Eugene Finkel in conversation with European historian Elissa Bemporad, moderated by Natalya Lazar. Born in Ukraine, Eugene Finkel is the Kenneth H. Keller Associate Professor of International Affairs, Johns Hopkins University. The author of several books, including Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (2017) and Bread and Autocracy: Food, Politics and Security in Putin's Russia (2023). Finkel is a scholar of genocide, mass violence, and politics in Eastern Europe. Elissa Bemporad is Professor of History and Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust at Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author or editor of numerous works, receiving the National Jewish Book Award twice: for Becoming Soviet Jews (2013) and for Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets (2019). She is currently working on a biography of Ester Frumkin. Chair: Natalya Lazar, Program Manager, The Initiative on Ukrainian-Jewish Shared History and the Holocaust in Ukraine, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Festival | International Fair at a Global Institution 


Join sponsors from around the world for a free-admission festival with multicultural performances, international food, bazaar tables, and more. Suggested donations and proceeds from special event tables will go to supporting the United Nations Women's Guild.  United Nations Women’s Guild is a non-profit organization working to provide shelter, education, and health care to impoverished, orphaned, and disabled children around the world. Each year, the Women's Guild supports approximately 100 children's charities across 45 countries worldwide.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Discussion | Selling Japanese Food in the World


A discussion featuring Hiroshi Kaho, President and CEO, Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc. Moderator: Dr. Yumiko Shimabukuro, Faculty, School of International and Public Affairs
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12:30 pm
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Classical Music | Baroque Chamber Music Performed on Period Instruments (In Person and Online)


Relic is a conductorless period chamber orchestra whose members perform on original eighteenth century instruments, or their replicas, and are fluent in the improvisational and ornamental languages of the Baroque and Classical era.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
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Film | Land of the Pharaohs (1955): historical epic


Obsessed with his fate in the afterlife, the egotistical Pharaoh Khufu recruits oppressed architect Vashtar and forces him to design the most lavish and well-secured pyramid ever built. Director: Howard Hawks. With Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin, Sydney Chaplin, Alexis Minotis. 103 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022) with


Unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, actor Nick Cage accepts a $1 million offer to attend a wealthy fan's birthday party. Things take a wildly unexpected turn when a CIA operative recruits Cage for an unusual mission. Taking on the role of a lifetime, he soon finds himself channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to save himself and his loved ones. Directed by Tom Gormican. With Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish. 1 Hr. 47 Min. Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor and film producer. Born into the Coppola family, he is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. He was ranked No. 40 in Empire magazine's The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list in 2007 and was placed No. 37 in Premiere's 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood in 2008.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Discussion | Civil Rights and Affirmative Action (online)


With the US Supreme Court set to make a series of decisions that will have a significant impact on higher education (and other industries) across an array of areas, it is important to critically examine what’s at stake for universities and beyond. School of Law Dean Troy McKenzie and Professor Trevor W. Morrison will be in conversation to help break this down.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussion | The Condition of Whiteness (online)


A conversation among the visual activist Nicholas Mirzoeff, the Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz, and the writer and critic Zoé Samudzi about Mirzoeff’s new book White Sight: Visual Politics and Practices of Whiteness and Breitz’s recent video installation Whiteface. The conversation will examine the condition of whiteness, the ways in which white supremacy is sustained both through visual culture as well as our everyday vocabulary and grammar. In addressing and making visible the hierarchies and casual manifestations that define the societies we live in (including, but not limited to, the U.S. and South Africa), this conversation marks an intervention, a strike – in Verónica Gago’s sense of the term – which hopes to offer strategies and ideas on how to dismantle them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussion | Conversations About Crafting (Online)


Join a community of fellow crafters and talk your latest creation. Whether you knit, stitch, sketch, or sculpt, you can chat and share tips with crafty people just like you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Lecture | Out of Place: Travelling Ayahs and Amahs and the Settler Colonial Nation (in-person and online)


This presentation will explore the vexed position of the travelling ayahs and amahs in the Asia-Pacific during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These women workers from South Asia and China who cared for predominantly British families in transit around the circuits of empire were awkwardly located in relation to discourses of race and immigration. Within India and South-East Asia, they emerged from the late eighteenth century as a distinctive occupational category of servants who attended to women and children, and by the 1830s they provided the mainstay of colonial childcare work. Speaker Victoria K Haskins is a Professor of History and former (founding) director of the Purai Global Indigenous History Centre at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
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4:00 pm
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Discussion | Pressing Issues in Understanding Russia Today (in-person and online)


A conversations hosted by Dr. Yevgenia Albats with Andrew Kramer and Joshua Yaffa. Andrew E. Kramer is The New York Times bureau chief in Kyiv. Previously, Mr. Kramer worked as a reporter covering the countries of the former Soviet Union from a base in Moscow, where he divided his time between the business and international desks. He has covered a range of topics, including climate change in the Arctic, the oil industry and economic reforms in post-Soviet states. Joshua Yaffa is a contributing writer for The New Yorker. He is also the author of Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia, published in January 2020 by Tim Duggan Books and which won the Orwell Prize in 2021. Dr. Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author, and radio host. She has been Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly, since 2007. On February 28 2022, Vladimir Putin blocked its website, just days after Russia invaded Ukraine. Despite that, Albats contines to run the newtimes.ru, and she kept reporting from Russia until she had to leave the country in the last week of August 2022 after she was fined for her coverage of the war with Ukraine and pronounced a foreign agent.
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | Sociolingustics (in-person and online)


Professor Sharese King will speak on the area of Sociolinguistics.
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4:15 pm
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Book Club | The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster


The New York Trilogy is a series of novels originally published sequentially as City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986), and The Locked Room (1986), it has since been collected into a single volume. The Trilogy is a postmodern interpretation of detective and mystery fiction, exploring various philosophical themes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Growing Up Underground: A Memoir of Counterculture New York (online)


Hear Steven Heller's firsthand account of New York City’s counterculture in the 1960s and ‘70s as he shares the experiences that defined his early 20s. Much like the book, this conversation will be filled with reminisces and entertaining anecdotes, and is not to be missed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Film | The Inspection (2022): Gay Black Marine


A young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. Director: Elegance Bratton Stars: Jeremy Pope, Gabrielle Union, Bokeem Woodbine 95 min.
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5:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Winfred Rembert: All of Me


Occupying all three floors of the gallery, this immersive tribute to Rembert’s incredible life and artistry will include more than 40 works made in his signature medium of carved, tooled and painted leather, including several never before seen. Produced during the last three decades of his life, the objects on view offer a striking visual memoir and will take visitors on a journey through key chapters of the artist’s personal history. Rembert’s paintings recognize the people and places–– from pool halls, juke joints, and civil rights protests, to cotton fields and chain gangs––that shaped his worldview, uniquely rendered through technical mastery of his chosen medium into something arresting and astonishing.
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Discussion | Agency in Education


Professor and Director of BERC, Sonya Douglass, Ed.D. will host and moderate a conversation on agency in education with Associate Professor Jarvis Givens, Ph.D., Harvard University.
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Poetry Reading | Village: Poems That Explore Memory and Estrangement


Part poetry collection, part soundscape, Village uses dark humor and keen observation to explore the roots of memory, grief and estrangement In a propulsive and formally inventive verse, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs examines how trauma reshapes lineage, language, and choice, disrupting attempts at reconciliation across generations. Questioning who is deemed worthy of public memorialization, Diggs raises new monuments, tears down classist tropes, offers detailed instructions for her own international funeral celebrations, and makes visible the hidden labors of care and place. From corners in Harlem through North Carolina back roads, Diggs complicates the concept of “survivor,” getting to the truth of living in the dystopia of poverty.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Symposium | Ancient Sex, Ancient Gender: A Comparative Investigation


This symposium wagers that any impulse to investigate origins, an impulse surely animating the study of the ancient world, will inevitably encounter the problematic of sexual difference. Bringing together three comparative literature and philosophy scholars with expertise across Ancient China, Mesopotamia, India, Mesoamerica, and Greece, this international, comparative, decolonial, queer symposium will engage speculative poetics to encounter anew questions of sexual difference and sexuality across the ancient world.
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Discussion | The Crisis in Ukraine: Geopolitics of Energy in Year One and Beyond (in-person and online)


Panelists will discuss potential structural changes to global energy markets. February will mark the one-year point since Russia invaded Ukraine, with reverberations across geopolitics, business, and trade. The circumstances surrounding the war, including broad Western sanctions against Russia as well as Moscow’s unsheathing of the weaponization of its energy exports, have convinced many governments to shift their focus squarely back to energy security. As a result, new energy policies have been forthcoming in multiple geographies, including those distant from the conflict. Panelists will discuss potential structural changes to global energy markets and explore what the conflict bodes for the future geopolitics of natural gas and electricity grids, renewable energy investment trends, and the oil price cycle.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | “State of Exception?”: Protest, Politics and the Future of Peru (in-person and online)


A panel discussion about the current political crisis in Peru Participants: José Luis Rénique, Professor, Lehman College/CUNY (1990-2022). Mark Rice, Associate Professor, Baruch College/CUNY. Miryam Nacimento, Ph.D. Candidate Cultural Anthropology, The Graduate Center/CUNY. Renzo Aroni, Mellon Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer, Columbia University. Moderator: John A. Gutiérrez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latinx Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Director, Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies of the City University of New York.
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Opening Reception | 6 Exhibitions of Contemporary Design


Highlighted exhibitions include the first solo exhibitions of Korean design superstar Kwangho Lee and master craftsman Ernst Gamperl, alongside the launch of Laurie Simmons’ newest object edition FlashCube–a small desktop light designed in collaboration with David Bers. Alongside the building’s permanent installations which include Max Lamb’s blue Tajimi Custom Tile Bathroom, Philippe Malouin’s towering 5 story Chute Chandelier, and Tom Sachs’s custom Jeanneret Tables, we will inaugurate a custom woven installation by Kwangho Lee in the freight sized elevator.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Barbad Golshiri: Of Mourning and Revolt


Barbad Golshiri (b. 1982, Tehran) is an Iranian artist, whose work addresses what one could summarily characterize as the "Politics of Death". Through his highly inventive engagement with various media such as video, performance, photography, and sculpture, including traditional calligraphy and critical writing, Golshiri confronts totalitarian ideologies, be they sacral or profane. Examples of his ongoing Curriculum Mortis - an account of death rather than life - conceived as episodes dating from 2002 to 2022, will be on view at the gallery from February 23 until April 8. The exhibition resonates at this contemporary moment when the uprising, by now labeled the Woman, Life, Freedom revolution, has engulfed the artist's native country and mesmerized the entire globe. As part of his artistic activism, Golshiri has been and still is creating gravestones and memorials for those killed during this revolution.
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Gallery Talk | Cy Twombly: Exhibition Tour


Art historian and lecturer Thierry Greub will lead a tour of the exhibition. Guiding guests through the selection of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper produced in the final decade of Twombly’s life, Greub will discuss the artist’s handwritten notations, placing them in context with their literary sources, including the poetry of Charles Olson.  
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Book Discussion | Patience is a Subtle Thief: A Novel of Fraud in Nigeria (online)


Abi Ishola-Ayodeji's book is a coming-of-age story about young Nigerians striving to realize their dreams during the country’s political turmoil in the early 1990s. The story's protagonist, 18-year-old Patience Adewale, enters a life of fraud in Lagos to gather the money she needs to reunite with her estranged mother in America. Set against the backdrop of the country's historic 1993 election, Patience faces unexpected consequences and the realities of her most dangerous job as Nigerians endure the strain of instability after years of military dictatorships, the dashed hope for democracy, and bloody protests. The book tackles patriarchy, classism, and how people are made to wait for basic human rights and social change.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | The 4th Chelsea International Photography Competition Exhibition


A juried exhibition of contemporary photographs by local and international artists. This annual photography competition exhibition provides a select group of photographers with the opportunity to showcase their work in the heart of Chelsea. The winners were handpicked among hundreds of international and local applicants by an esteemed panel of jurors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Thinking of Death in Plato's "Euthydemus": A Close Reading and New Translation


Gwenda-lin Grewal's book places Plato's Euthydemus among the dialogues that surround the trial and death of Socrates. A premonition of philosophy's fate arrives in the form of Socrates' encounter with the two-headed sophist pair, Euthydemus and Dionysodorus, who appear as if they are the ghost of the Socrates of Aristophanes' Thinkery. The pair vacillate between choral ode and rhapsody, as Plato vacillates between referring to them in the dual and plural number in Greek. Grewal's close reading explores how the structure of the dialogue and the pair's back-and-forth arguments bear a striking resemblance to thinking itself: in its immersive remove from reality, thinking simulates death even as it cannot conceive of its possibility.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Topographies: Aerial Surveys of the American Landscape


Stephen Shore is joined by publisher Michael Mack for an expansive conversation about photography and bookmaking to celebrate the launch of his new book. During this talk, they will discuss the ways an artist can continue to reinvigorate and challenge their artistic practice; Shore’s recent inquiries into drone technology and its relationship to New Topographics; and the making of Shore’s experimental memoir Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography. Topographies is a series of photographs shot by drone from 2020 onwards, which reveal in arresting detail the interplay of natural and man-made landscapes in Montana, North Carolina, New York, and beyond.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Black and Native Citizenship: The Making of American Identity


Caleb Gayle, author of We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks. American Identity, and Power, and Elizabeth Ellism author of The Great Power of Small Nations: Indigenous Diplomacy in the Gulf South, have a conversation exploring their recent work and the history of race, identity, citizenship, and belonging at the intersection of Black history, Native history, and Settler/U.S. history. Their work reconfigures the broader narrative of American history, and how the entangled stories of Black and Native peoples reshapes our understanding of contemporary issues of race and Identity at time when teaching this sort of history has become politically fraught -- from the President of the AHA decrying this presentism in the historical profession, the push back against the 1619 project, to anti-CRT laws designed to circumscribe the teaching of American history in public schools. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Chinese Calligraphy


An evening of learning, exploring and practicing an ancient art that cultivates appreciation of culture, language-learning, and wellness. No experience is required -- draw the first line or practice the thousandth! Ink, paper, and brush will be provided.
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Discussion | One Year Later: Russia’s War in Ukraine, Germany’s Policy Pivot, and Implications for Transatlantic Relations


In a special address to the German Bundestag on February 27, 2022, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced far-reaching policy changes as a response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This included a commitment to take a more active role in issues of defense and security policy by increasing defense spending and reconsidering choices in military deployment and weapon systems. This dramatic policy shift not only has implications for domestic policy debates but also for the international stage and especially for Germany’s role within the EU and vis-à-vis the U.S. This is a discussion with Member of the German Bundestag Metin Hakverdi. After opening remarks, Hakverdi will engage in an exchange with the audience providing a first-rate opportunity to reflect upon evolving policy issues and the future of the transatlantic relationship.
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Lecture | Reconstruction and Restitution Problems of Cultural Heritage in the Berlin Humboldt Forum


The Humboldt Forum, which opened in 2021 in the rebuilt Berlin Palace, is a place where debates about cultural tradition, property, and heritage overlap in a remarkable way. In this lecture, Stefan WIller will unfold this complex relationship in three steps. Stefan Willer is Professor of Modern German Literature at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
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Discussion | Urgent and Emergent Indigenous Narratives


As a contemporary artist indigenous to North America, Cannupa Hanska Luger is motivated to reclaim and reframe a more accurate version of 21st century Native American culture and its powerful global relevance. Given the legacies of cultural appropriation and annihilation brought on by colonization, the endurance of the Native American continuum is characterized by resilience, adaptability, and survivance. In recognition of this legacy, Hanska Luger places himself between the realms of contemporary art and Indigenous culture, moving amidst museums and the front lines, in order to enact a more complex understanding of contemporary Indigeneity. This is an engaging conversation around establishing connections, mobilizing action, and challenging the systemic conditions of colonialism while making space for urgent and emergent Indigenous narratives.*
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Against Redemption: Democracy, Memory, and Literature in Post-Fascist Italy (in-person and online)


This book by Franco Baldasso discloses the richness of ideas and sheds light on the controversy that characterized the transition from fascism to democracy, examining authors, works and memories that were subsequently silenced by Cold War politics. How a shared memory of Fascism and its cultural heritage took shape is still today the most disputed question of modern Italy, crossing the boundaries between academic and public discourse. Against Redemption concentrates on the historical period in which disagreement was at its highest: the transition between the downfall of Mussolini in July 1943 and the victory of the Christian Democrats over the Left in the 1948 general elections. By dispelling the silence around the range of opinion in the years before the ideological struggle fossilized into Cold War oppositions, this book points to early postwar literary practices as the main vehicle for intellectual dissent, shedding new light on the role of cultural policies in institutionalizing collective memory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Film | Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018): A Black Community in Alabama


A kaleidoscopic and humanistic view of the Black community in Hale County, Alabama. Director: RaMell Ross 76 min. The evening will begin with a screening of RaMell Ross’s critically acclaimed 2018 documentary, which chronicles the everyday lives of Black Americans in Hale County, Alabama. The presentation of Ross’s film will be followed by a live conversation between Ross and Dr. Andrea Douglas, Executive-Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center and former Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Curator of Contemporary Art at the University of Virginia Art Museum.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Author Reading | Autobiographical Essays on Stripping and Sex Work (In Person AND Online)


Hosted by filmmaker Lizzie Borden, writers Jo Weldon, Jodi Sh. Doff, Essence Revealed, Reese Piper, and Lily Burana read their essays on stripping and sex work from the new anthology Whorephobia: Strippers on Art, Work and Life. Filled with poignant, heartfelt, and provocative accounts, the book aims to challenge many of the negative misperceptions around women who strip. About the Readers Lizzie Borden is a writer, director, editor, and script consultant. Her film Born in Flames (1983), named one of "The 50 Most Important Independent Films" by Filmmaker magazine, has been shown at countless festivals and theaters domestically and internationally. Borden also wrote, directed, and produced the controversial independent fiction film Working Girls (1986), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, won a U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Recognition at the Sundance Film Festival, and was restored by the Criterion Collection in 2021. Lily Burana is the author of five books, including the best-selling memoir Strip City: A Stripper’s Farewell Journey Across America, named a Best Book of the Year by Salon, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Daily News. Her journalism has appeared in over 50 publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, GQ, and The Los Angeles Times. Jodi Sh. Doff is a writer and editor who frequently includes autobiographical elements of drug use, alcoholism, and the strip clubs and nightlife of New York City’s Times Square. Reese Piper is a writer and stripper who writes about laws that impact sex workers, the intersection of sex work and disability, and how autism can express in adults. She is currently working on a memoir about stripping with autism. Essence Revealed is a crowned international burlesque queen, an Amazon International best-selling author, instructor, and speaker. Jo Weldon is the founder of the New York School of Burlesque and author of The Burlesque Handbook and Fierce: The History of Leopard Print.
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Discussion | Education Through Music: A Legacy of Edward W. Said


This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Edward W. Said's death. Professor Said was co-founder, with pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the acclaimed orchestra that promotes coexistence and intercultural dialogue by bringing young Israelis, Palestinians, and Arabs together to make music. Education Through Music is at the core of the project they initiated. This panel discussion will cover their collaboration, the orchestra and the many projects that have developed since this journey began, including the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin and the Barenboim-Centre for Music in Palestine. Panelists include Mariam C. Said, Vice President of the Barenboim-Said Foundation (USA); Michael Barenboim, Dean of the Barenboim-Said Akademie; and musicians Miriam Manasherov and Samir Obaido. The panel will be moderated by Professor Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies.
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Lecture | Emergency Urbanism (online)


Dr. Ananya Roy’s talk is concerned with struggles for spatial justice that contest processes of displacement and dispossession wrought by the unending emergency that is global racial capitalism. Thinking from the postcolonial city of Los Angeles, it attends to new formations of liberal urbanism that enact racial banishment and foregrounds the movements that challenge such expulsion and disappearance. In particular, Roy highlights the emancipatory possibilities of housing and land, showing how property has become the insurgent ground of emergency urbanism.
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Slide Lecture | From the Pacific Northwest to the Upper West Side: The Lumber That Built Our Blocks (online)


As Alan Solomon writes in his fascinating book on Reclaimed Wood, “A late nineteenth century urban row house can reveal a mix of woods as diverse as the immigrants it sheltered.” Solomon will explain how this came to be. He’ll talk about the species, forest sources, logging and transport methods that brought these woods across the country to the Upper West Side. He will focus on a Columbus Avenue building, an example of his belief that “every building tells a story about the growth and development of our city”. Moving on to the present day, he’ll explain why old lumber and its recovery matters, about its reuse applications and about some of the interesting recent work by the tree ring lab at Columbia University which is using salvaged lumber to research climate change.
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Poetry Reading | The Poetry of Exile and Return


Celebrate the publication of the first two volumes of Anna Frajlich’s Wiersze zebrane (Collected Verse), published in 2022. Frajlich will read a selection from all periods of her poetry in the original Polish, including a large number of poems devoted to her adopted home, New York City. The Polish originals will be accompanied by English translations.
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Film | Happening (2021): Award-Winning French Drama


An adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s novel of the same name, looking back on her experience with abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s. France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so. Happening won the top prize at the 78th edition of the world's oldest film festival, the Venice Film Festival.  Director: Audrey Diwan Stars: Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami 100 min. In French with English subtitles.
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Discussion | The Black Period: On Personhood, Race and Origin


Hafizah Augustus Geter is a Nigerian U.S. writer born in Zaria, Nigeria, and raised in Akron, Ohio, and Columbia, South Carolina. Her debut memoir is a New Yorker Magazine Best Book of 2022, a Good Morning America Anticipated Book, an Amazon's Best of the Month Editor's Pick, and was longlisted for a 2023 PEN Open Book Award. She is the author of the poetry collection Un-American (Wesleyan University Press, 2020), an NAACP Image Award and PEN Open Book Award finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Bomb Magazine, Boston Review, The Believer, The Paris Review, Salon, The Funambulist, among many others.
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Screening | Filmed Excerpts from the Wooster Group's Production of Bertolt Brecht's 1932 Play The Mother


The Wooster Group’s director Elizabeth LeCompte and performer Kate Valk will present video excerpts from the Group’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Mother: his 1932 learning play about how to be a revolutionary. The Mother is the Group’s first staging of Brecht, and the result is a dialogue between two influential experimental theater methodologies. LeCompte and Valk will discuss their process and the Group’s innovative use of video and sound technology in live performance. The Wooster Group has made more than 40 theater works and 22 media pieces since its founding in 1975. Its work tours internationally and has been featured in numerous museum and gallery shows.
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Book Discussion | Inside Congressional Committees: Function and Dysfunction in the Legislative Process (online)


Author Dr. Maya L. Kornberg presents her newest book. It is widely believed that Congress has broken down. Media accounts present the storied legislature as thoroughly gridlocked, immobilized by partisan rancor, and political scientists find that Congress is passing fewer laws and spending less time on legislative work. Which parts of this supposedly dysfunctional legislature continue to function? Through a comprehensive exploration of whom committees hear from and how they listen, this book demonstrates that Congress is not as dysfunctional as is often claimed.
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Dance Performance | Mother Kofi: The Tale of an African Princess


Born in 19th century Ghana, Laura Adorka Kofi would follow her spiritual calling to the United States where she founded The Missionary African Universal Church and became known as the charismatic leader "Mother Kofi." The multiple Grammy-nominated trumpeter and Gotham Kings bandleader Alphonso Horne has compiled a selection of period music and dance from Africa and America to tell her history in the immersive theatrical ceremony. Experience Kofi's inspiring life as a community activist, martyr, and inspiration for the founding of the Adorkaville settlement in Jacksonville. Horne and his cast lead a Trans-Atlantic journey that invokes the energies of the audience and the ancestors alike in service of a truly healing ritual.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Talk | Artist Talk: Cold Cases


A conversation between artist and researcher Susan Schuppli and scholar Shannon Mattern. Schuppli is renowned for her meticulous presentations of material evidence from ecological disasters and climate change.
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Concert | More Forbidden Music: Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis


The Exilarte Center in Vienna works to rediscover musical treasures of the 20th century that were suppressed by the Third Reich. This concert, produced by the American Society for Jewish Music, features a selection of music whose composers were branded as 'degenerate' and is being rediscovered thanks to Exilarte's work. Composers featured include Julius Burger, Hals Gal, Andre Singer, Gustav Lewi, Walter Arlen, Vally Weigl and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Performances will be by the musicians of Exilarte in collaboration with students from the Mannes College of Music.
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7:30 pm
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Jazz | Works for Saxophone and Piano


Nicolas Prost, saxophones; Sebastien Paindestre, piano; Anne Lecapelain, saxophone. Program Michel Portal (1935-present), Cuba si Cuba no (2010) Chris Potter (1971-present), Fantasy James Carter (1969-present), Sax sketch Wayne Shorter (1933-present) Sherwood sonata (World Premiere) Nguyen Le (1959-present), Nudibranchia Sebastien Paindestre (1973-present), L'ame du temps (2022) Pierrick Pedron (1969-present), Dance with me (World Premiere)
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Play | Medea: Euripides' Wronged Woman


For the sake of her husband, Jason, Medea left her home and gave him two sons in exile. But when Jason abandons his family for a new bride and a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. She begs King Kreon for one day's grace. Is one day enough time to carry out her plans? Will the gods provide her a way out? Will she take fate into her own hands and how far will she go? How far would you go, to take back your life? A directing thesis production by current student Tiffani Swalley.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza.
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Classical Music | Orchestra Performs Modern Works in Intimate Venue


The North/South Chamber Orchestra performs recent works by composers from China, Europe and the Americas, featuring music by Munir Beken, Richard Heller, Sheli Nan, Alexandro Rodriguez, and Xuesi Xu. Max Lifchitz, conductor.
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